Wallace's Header In Overtime Gives Men's Soccer 3-2 Win Against Clemson
Oct. 5, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Freshman Rodney Wallace scored his first collegiate goal in the fourth minute of overtime off of a Graham Zusi corner kick to give the Maryland men's soccer team a 3-2 win against Clemson in front of a crowd of 3,726 at Ludwig Field. Senior Stephen King added a pair of assists for the Terrapins on their first score and the equalizer in the second half.
"This was a great win in our fifth overtime game this season," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We lost two very tough overtime games earlier in the season and this shows that we have gotten stronger. This was the beginning of the second half of the season and we needed a result. Clemson clawed back in and fought hard but we showed that we grew up. We got behind and scored great second and third goals and that is something we can build on for the rest of the season."
Freshman Billy Cortes added the first goal of the night while sophomore Drew Yates scored the equalizer in the 68th minute after the Terps fell behind. Junior Rich Costanzo also added an assist in the win.
The first half belonged to Maryland the entire way with the Terps getting a bunch of scoring chances. Cortes made his presence known immediately in his first collegiate start by getting a shot off seven minutes in. Moments later, King was out in front of the box and found Cortes making a run to his left who finished the play off with the first goal of the night.
At the 19:39 mark, the Terps nearly added a second goal when Zusi spotted King on the left side and dished off. King found a seam to shoot and went far post. His shot beat the keeper but not the post, as his attempt hit the right post and trickled out of bounds.
Five minutes later it was King and Cortes again creating havoc in the box as King tracked down a loose ball in front of him. Nobody was there to stop him but the keeper came off his line and the two reached the ball at the same time. The ball deflected towards Cortes who was standing to the left, but Joseph Bendik recovered in time and made the save on Cortes' shot.
Freshman keeper Thorne Holder was finally tested by the Clemson attack with 7:24 left in the half as David Bell found an opening and blasted a shot towards the right side of the net. Holder made the diving save and kept the Terps' lead heading into the locker rooms.
Clemson wasted no time after the halftime break in scoring the equalizer as Greg Eckhardt set up for a corner just three minutes in. His in-swinger found an open Tate Parrish in the box whose header beat Holder to the right side to tie the score 1-1.
The Maryland attack pressed on and four minutes later, almost responded with another goal. After a Clemson foul, Zusi took the free kick about 25 yards out. He decided to shoot for goal, but his low blast was saved. Bendik couldn't handle it, though, and the rebound went to Cortes in the box who lined up for another shot, but it was blocked by a Tiger defender and no danger followed.
Clemson scored its second goal of the night in the 64th minute after a Tiger sent in a cross from the left side. The pass was low and a Maryland defender was there to clear the ball. The ball was redirected right to Tommy Drake, though, who was wide open and fired a shot to the left side of the net to give Clemson the 2-1 advantage.
The Terps did not let up and their attack broke through again just four minutes later as Costanzo made a run with the ball down the right side of the field. Costanzo found King closer to the box who then sent a pass across the box. Yates was waiting at the left post and finished the play with the easy equalizer.
Maryland had a couple more chances before regulation ended for the game-winning goal but came up just short on a King header and a Costanzo blast.
In the first overtime period, the Terps won a corner kick on the left side just three minutes in. Zusi stepped up and delivered the ball into the box where Wallace was waiting to put away the game-winner.
Holder was credited with a pair of saves on the night while Bendik recorded five for the Tigers (4-6-1, 0-4-0 ACC).
The Terps (4-4-2, 1-3-0) are back in action on Tuesday, October 9 when they host Lehigh at 7:30 p.m.